The trailblazing Robert Daniels wrote, directed, and performed in 26 half-hour shows of the national children's cable television series "Festival!" He has the distinction of being the first and only deaf person to have his writing repre¬sented on network television ("St. Elsewhere," NBC) in which he also appeared in the character he created. He wrote and directed the play detailing the deaf African-American experience, "I Didn't Hear That Color," which toured the country to much critical acclaim.

Daniels also wrote Hand in Hand, Foot in Mouth: The Unmusical which enjoyed a six-week run at Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles. Audiences remember his critically acclaimed performance in the one-character play Am I Paranoid? also at Deaf West. He wrote and directed the interactive plays deaf: as in Deaf and Berthas Big But as a part of the Forging Connections series at Gallaudet which dealt with community building and diversity-related issues.

Daniels performs around the country with his one-man stand-up comedy. He has emceed a host of productions and events, including the opening ceremonies for the 1985 World Games for the Deaf in Los Angeles and numerous national deaf college bowls all over the U.S. Stage credits include the Broadway and national touring productions of "Children of a Lesser God, and the Hollywood productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Scarecrow. Additional directing credits include the Gallaudet University productions of "The House of Blue Leaves," and "The Nerd."

As a deaf culture facilitator and sign language teacher, Daniels served as consultant on the telefeature, "Helen and Teacher: the Miracle Continues" with Blythe Danner, Mare Winningham, and Perry King; "Cagney & Lacey" with Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless; "TJ Hooker" with William Shatner; the film version of "Children of a Lesser God" with Piper Laurie; and the stage smash, "Hands of Its Enemy" with Richard Dreyfuss and Phyllis Frelich. He also provides adaptation and sign language consultation services for numerous stage plays. His efforts won him an Ovation Award, the Los Angeles equivalent of the Tony, for his adaptation work on A Streetcar Named Desire at Deaf West Theatre.

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